Haines

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31 Comments on Haines

Erik Stevens
Erik_Stevens said : Report Subscribe 6 months ago

Transitional Zone: Saw active large wet slide activity coming down steep south aspects during the afternoon. Point-release slides are fanning out quickly to be quite wide and deep. These wet-sluffs are serious stuff.

  • 10/04/2017
Erik Stevens
Erik_Stevens said : Report Subscribe 6 months ago

Rainy Hollow area at 4000ft: Facet layer 1m down is still acting as a fast propagating failure plane, though hard to trigger in snowpit. Recent avalanches on this layer in several places, usually around the 3500ft elevation band, on a variety of aspects. These D2-D3 slides ran at the tail end of the last storm, on April 5th. Considering this weak layer is a month old and still active I'm still not ready to trust my life to it. Stuck to conservative terrain. We dug a pit on a north aspect at 4000ft to consider skiing great powder remaining in the shade, but found a hard slab over lots of weak 10mm depth hoar so we backed off.

  • 07/04/2017
Erik Stevens
Erik_Stevens said : Report Subscribe 6 months ago

Takhin Ridge, North and Northeast aspects from 1500-3500ft: Stability is improving on the deeper facet layers. 3-4mm facets still exist in varying layers about 60cm deep. Finally a day without whumphing/collapsing, but not ready to trust these persistent weak layers yet. Stuck to conservative terrain choices. Snow quality / ski conditions are excellent above 1000ft. Lots of avalanche activity on all aspects from the previous week, all running on the facet layer. Bed surface was the pencil-hard rain crust 60-90cm deep. One slide was D3.5 R4 and propagated very wide across a large complex basin.

  • 26/03/2017
Jeff Moskowitz
Jeff_Moskowitz said : Report Subscribe 6 months ago

Lutak Zone: 2,600ft NW aspect calm light snowfall 20F. Nearly a meter of new snow in the past three days with only slightly warmer temps today that made a noticeably slower and more cohesive storm layer. Observed signs of settlement, especially off a packed track. 2-3 feet of new snow is bridged on a 4-5" wind pack with a 6" pocket of loose facets beneath that. Ultimately we have a suspended snowpack with a hard bed surface that when tested 2-3ft of layers ultimately fail on.

  • 15/03/2017
Jeff Moskowitz
Jeff_Moskowitz said : Report Subscribe 6 months ago

Lutak Zone: 2,700ft NW Aspect 32 degrees calm moderate snowfall 10-15F noticeable two feet of low density snow on a hard crust from sea-level to 1,500ft. Above 1,500ft a breakable wind slab appeared below the light new powder snow nearer to tree line. Beneath the slab were punchy facets. See attached pit profile for details. CT9 down 75cm (30") on a knife hard crust and ECTPV on the same layer. The cold wind pack from early March is on top of the near surface facets from late February with a big load of low light new snow on top.

  • 13/03/2017

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